DIY Wall Art ~ Pallet Design

Hey there!!  I am so excited to share this project with you all today!  I was inspired when I found something similar in the Pottery Barn magazine last week so I got busy and created my own version!

DIY_Wall_ArtIt only cost me about $15 and an afternoon of work!  Here’s how!

2x2_PlywoodI purchased a 2’x2′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood from Lowe’s for about $4!  If you have scrap plywood this is a great way to use it!

I also purchased:

3 – 1×2’s @ 8ft.

1 – 1×3 @ 6ft.

1 – 1×4 @ 6 ft.

I used pine but you could save even more money using furring strips.  Just make sure they are very straight or this project could make your head hurt 😉  ***Please measure as you go and make adjustments to cuts if needed.

Ryobi_Sliding_Compound_Miter_SawNow for the cutting!  I used my Miter Saw to make all of my cuts but if you aren’t ready to make the purchase, the hand saw and miter box, below, will get the job done!

Cut_List_Printable_edited-1Here are the cuts I made!  (You will see long to long, long to short, long to straight.  This is just the way to measure.  Long to long means longest point on one end to longest on the other end.  Long to short means longest point at one end to shortest point on the other end.)

Cut list:

Triangle shape:

2 – 1×4 @ 17″ long to short

2 – 1×2 @ 16 3/4″ long to short

2 – 1×3 @ 16 1/2″ long to short ***after the first cut, you will make a 45 degree angle cut in the opposite direction about 1.5″ down the board.  This will make the corners of the square.

2 – 1×2 @ 13 1/2″ long to long

2 – 1×4 @ 10 1/2″ long to long

2 – 1×2 @ 3″ long to long

Horizontal shape:

2 – 1×2 @ 5 1/2″ long to straight

2 – 1×3 @ 8″ long to straight

2 – 1×2 @ 9 1/4″ long to straight

2 – 1×2 @ 10 3/4″ long to straight

2 – 1×4 @ 14 3/4″ long to straight

2 – 1×2 @ 15 3/4″ long to straight


When you make these miter cuts, it’s a simple 45 degree cut.  Just set the miter saw to 45 and cut!

How_to_use_a_Miter_SawFor the straight cuts, just swing it back to 0 degrees.  For this saw, you just twist the handle at the end of the arm to loosen then slide the arm to the degree cut you want.  Just twist the other way to lock it in place.

StainsI chose 4 of my favorite stains to stain the boards.  There was no rhyme to my reason ;) I did stain one board at a time and put it back in its spot to dry so that I wouldn’t have to put the puzzle back together.  The stains that I used are Kona, Early American, Light Walnut and Summer Oak.

Ryobi_Corner_CatOnce the stain dried, I used my Corner Cat to distress each piece.  Again, I just did one at a time and put it back in it’s spot.

DistressingHalf-way done with the distressing :)  I LOVE this added touch.  It really makes the wood look old and worn!

Gorilla_Glue_Wood_GlueNext, I used my Gorilla Glue Wood Glue to attach the pieces to the 2×2 plywood

Ryobi_Brad_Nailerand I followed up with my brad nailer. I used 5/8″ brad nails for this.

Ryobi_AirstrikeOnce you are done nailing and glueing the pieces down, wait for the glue to dry and then you can start the trim!

Ryobi_Miter_SawFor the trim, I cut 4 – 1×2 @ 25 3/4″ long point to long point.  Turn the board  up with the widest part against the fence of the saw.  Just make a 45 degree cut on each end. *Measure your own piece to determine the length of trim.

Glue_and_Nail_FrameI stained the trim pieces with Kona and glued them to the pallet with Gorilla Glue Super Glue Gel and followed with my brad nailer  with 1 1/4″ brad nails.  I used Super Glue Gel because I stained the trim pieces all over.  Wood glue won’t hold once the wood is treated so Super Glue Gel was the perfect solution!

Distressing_the_FrameAnd again, I ran my Corner Cat all over the frame to give it that distressed look!






Pallet_Wall_ArtI’m kind of in LOVE with this cutie!

If you love this Pallet Art, I’d love your pins!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. Chantal Christensen on August 30, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    can you explain how you cam to the pattern and how you knew what size cuts to make so we can go from your tutorial and create new and exciting shapes

    • Will on November 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      It appears that she knew she wanted a dividing line straight across the center, so she marked a center line and then just took differing thicknesses and lengths to make her pattern, changing direction once per side. There really are not any hard rules to go by, just make the cuts that create a visually appealing design to you.

  2. Paul Brown on July 25, 2013 at 5:51 am

    and who said you cannot make art out of palletts ?

  3. Mary K Ware on July 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I love the warmth of your wall art! My husband started saving pallets for me and I can’t wait to make something out of them…I just need to figure out the best/easiest way to disassemble the pallets first 🙂
    Mary K

  4. Lisa Raes on July 24, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Wow that is a fantastic art piece.


    Creative Raisins

  5. Linda Crandall on July 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Thanks for sharing! Will make this one for Christmas gifts! Here is one I did for my bathroom to hold make up – cheap frame on sale, piece of tin already cut from Home Depot and Magnetic holders hot glued to back of products – hang and use! I am thinking now your wood frame would be a great upgrade with some fabric attached to pretty it up! Thanks for your shares. (sorry it’s sideways – )

    • Mary K Ware on July 24, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Great job and idea! My teenager needs one of these!!!!

  6. Melissa Aldana on July 24, 2013 at 9:16 am

    way to go girl. look awesome. I love multi tone on tone

  7. jamieroubinek on July 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

    This is so beautiful!! I really need that miter saw for my corner cuts!

  8. Abbey Ofs on July 24, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Love love this piece! I don’t think I’ll have a hard time convincing my husband that we need a Ryobi saw either. Win win! -Abbey

  9. Debi Sizemore on July 24, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I love this!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 24, 2013 at 7:51 am

      Thank you Debi!!

    • Sadie on February 18, 2019 at 6:49 pm

      How did you hang it on the wall?

  10. Melissa S on July 24, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Great idea I love how to do the different colors to blend it in! I will have to share this with my followers as I know some of them will just fall in love with this for their home or office.

    • Shanty2Chic on July 24, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Thank you Melissa! I love the idea of it for an office and I have thought about recreating it in a larger size for one of my boys headboards!

      • Melissa S on July 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        Oh ya a headboard! Can’t wait to see that photo of when you get it done. I was thinking of doing one and using it as a display for my products. I have been working that idea out for part of the day and work my colors into it.

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